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heavy with the loss last month of hadiya pendleton, another young woman of color from chicago who was gunned down as another victim in the city's epidemic of violence just days after returning from marching here in d.c. for an inaugural parade for the inauguration of barack obama. we bring hadiya forward because even as the national mall's a space of healing, the symbolic justice granted for those of us who go to it can only be guaranteed further with greater forms of action beyond the maps, beyond the mall's mapped boundaries. to carry us forward through tragedy and towards transformation, we say the names of dr. michael eric dyson and reverend marcia dyson. scholars and leaders like them, they have taught me and so many others so much about intellectual inquiry that flows through the head and the heart and always between peoples. to the 250,000-plus attendees of the march whose names we don't know well enough, we hope to know more of you. we want to hear your stories, and we want to be able to both record them and speak them out ourselves. as they'll nourish both our history as
a thousand. one of those we lost was a young girl named hadiya pendleton. she was 15 years old. she loved fig newtons. she was a majorette, she was so good to her friends, they all thought they were her best friend. just three weeks ago she was here in washington, with her classmates. performing for her country at my inauguration. and a week later, she was shot and killed in a chicago park after school. just a mile away from my house. hiadiyas parents are in the chambers, along with 2,000 americans whose lives have been torn by violence. they deserve a vote. they deserve a vote. >> they deserve a vote. [applause] president obama: gabrielle giffords deserves a vote. the families newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of tucson and blacksburg and the countless of other communities ripped open by gun violence, they deserve a simple vote. [applause] president obama: they deserve a simple vote. our actions will not prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. in fact no laws, no initiatives, no administrative acts will perfectly solve the challeng
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